Member Biography

Charles Souders Vandegrift Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1883-1884       10 Democrat
1885-1886       10 Democrat



08/20/1839 - 08/10/1907

Charles Souders Vandegrift, Jr (D10) Bucks County 1883-1886 

Early Life: 

Charles Souders Vandegrift, Jr., born August 20, 1839, Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania;   son of Alfred and Catherine Gibbs Vandegrift; Captain Alden Partridge’s Military School, China Hall, Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; country store, lumber merchant, estate settlement, public business; married, Mary Hannah Rowland, son, Frederic Beasley; died pneumonia, vascular disease, August 10, 1907 (aged 67) Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, interment, Vandegrift Cemetery, Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Employment, uncle and namesake, Charles S. Vandegrift, Sr., country store at Eddington, clerk and proprietor, 1873, sold the store; opened, lumber yard, Eddington, 1890, retired; employed, estate settlement and public business. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

President, Good Roads Association of Bensalem Township; director, Farmers’ and Mechanics Mutual Insurance Company of Bucks and Philadelphia Counties; president, Doylestown Publishing Company 1900-1904; treasurer and trustee, Vandegrift Burial Ground at Cornwells; past master of Bristol Lodge, No. 25, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and St. Johns Commandery, No. 4, Knights Templar, of Philadelphia 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Bucks County, 1882-1886, committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Canals and Inland Navigation, Congressional Apportionment, New Counties and County Seats, Retrenchment and Reform. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "V""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1885). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 844, 849-851, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 814.

Charles S Vandegrift (1839-1907) - Find a Grave Memorial